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The City of Bloomington worked with Wells+Associates consultants to develop a Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Plan.

At its most basic level, as defined by the Federal Highway Administration, a TDM Plan is a set of strategies aimed at maximizing traveler choices. A TDM Plan can address air quality mitigation while maximizing transportation choices and encouraging the use of non-single occupancy vehicle travel options, such as public transportation, bicycle and pedestrian paths, ridesharing, and other similar programs. An effective TDM program includes comprehensive integration of a wide range of information, encouragement, and incentive strategies to aid residents in their daily transportation decision-making needs and increase transportation efficiency across the community.

Next Steps:

Staff will be presenting the TDM Plan to Council on June 3, 2020.

Summary of the Steps To Date:

Kick Off Meeting--June 2019

Wells+Associates consultants officially kicked off the Bloomington TDM Planning effort on June 12, 2019. The kick off effort involved meeting with staff from Planning and Transportation, Parking, Economic Development and Communications to discuss Scope and Timeline Review, SOAR, Survey, City Politics & Operations, Sustainability Action Plan Effort, Existing Data, and Future Conditions. Touring target geographies and presenting to City Council to introduce W+A and present preliminary findings from meetings and tour were also part of the process.

TDM Plan Presentation to Common Council - 6/12/19 - PDF file

TDM Plan Presentation to Common Council - 6/12/19 - CATS Video

 

To provide general direction for the Bloomington TDM program, a steering committee from the Bloomington community was developed by Wells+Associates consultants and staff based on meetings and tour of the study area. The stakeholder consensus-building and visioning exercise focuses on enhancing the ways in which a current program is being done well rather than concentrating on perceived weaknesses. The following stakeholders participated in all or part of the TDM program planning process:

  • Bloomington Arts Commission
  • Bloomington Economic Development Corporation
  • Bloomington Transit
  • City of Bloomington: Community and Family Resources Department, Economic & Sustainable Development Department, Office of the Mayor, Public Works Department
  • COOK Medical
  • Downtown Bloomington Inc. (DBI)
  • Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce
  • Indiana University TDM Program and Parking Operations
  • Indiana University Health
  • Monroe County Public Library
  • Monroe County Commissioners’ Office

 

Stakeholder Meeting--SOAR Exercise--August 2019

Stakeholder Engagement meeting with Wells+Associates consultants regarding the SOAR Exercise (Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations, Results) on Aug 1, 2019. The purpose of this meeting was for stakeholders to determine preferred results of the plan. 

 

Downtown Bloomington Residential Travel Survey--August & September 2019

The survey was attached to the Neighborhood Parking Permit application; received 523 surveys, a response rate of 31 percent. There was an additional follow-up survey to learn more from residents.

 

Downtown Bloomington Employee Transportation Survey--October 2019

An online survey for downtown Bloomington employees to gauge their commuting patterns; received 1,110 surveys, a response rate of 9 percent.

 

Stakeholder Meeting--November 2019

The purpose of this meeting was to review the following:

  • Review the Survey Results, 
  • Gap Analysis: To determine what new TDM programs are necessary to deliver the Results from the SOAR and corresponding budget), 
  • TDM Marketing and Communications plan: To provide guidance on how to promote current and new TDM programs

 

Stakeholder Meeting--December 2019

The purpose of this meeting was to go over the draft Implementation Plan.

 

Report Presentation to Common Council--March 4, 2020

TDM Plan Presentation to Common Council - 03/04/20 - PDF file

TDM Plan Presentation to Common Council - 03/04/20 - CATS Video

 

Contact Information:

For more information, please contact SeyedAmir Kaboli Farshchi, Long Range Planner at farshchs@bloomington.in.gov or (812) 349-3423.